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Old 31 August 2008, 16:41   #41
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Thats the 64000 dollar question at the moment. If only a few boats turn up the tall ship has a cafe, next is SECC but really this is in the middle of nowwhere as far as food and drink is concerned. The last option for which I have names and numbers but not managed to get hold of the relevant person yet is Braehead where at least there is food and drink in the food court overlooking the pontoon.
The reason I am putting off a hard decision, although I have investigated the relevant options, is that the 5 day forecast will be available Tuesday and folk will hopefully make their attendance a bit more concrete.
Once numbers are known with a little more accuracy, although I suspect this will not be at all certain till the morning itself to see how many turnup, some decision on a destination can be made based on likely numbers.
Its all in hand although suggestions I may not have considered are always welcome, I have been away from Glasgow for some years and it is always changing especially around the south street area from my last drive through!
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Old 01 September 2008, 13:08   #42
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Bruce,
If you want, i can take a trip over to the Maratime museum at Braehead and ask if we can use their pontoon.
It would give us access to food as you have mentioned and we could take a wander around the museum and remind ourselves of the clydes history.

One advantage of this would be security as you cannot gain access to the pontoon easily if i rememer right.

Let me know and i will see what i can do.
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Hi love to come along based at kip,great run have been a few times. Meet you at kip.
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If you want, i can take a trip over to the Maratime museum at Braehead and ask if we can use their pontoon.
It would give us access to food as you have mentioned and we could take a wander around the museum and remind ourselves of the clydes history.

One advantage of this would be security as you cannot gain access to the pontoon easily if i rememer right.

Let me know and i will see what i can do.
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By all means, would be nice to have had a sight of the pontoons as I am working on telephone descriptions from 100 miles away. I am starting to get a bit wary on numbers if everyone turns up that says they are
Braehead centre says they own that one at the museum and the contact name I have has been uncontactable. I am still trying to get hold of the contact as for sheer numbers it may be the best option.
It is also the largest and I will make another attempt at getting hold of the responsible person tomorrow.
I am looking forward to getting up as far as the suspension bridge in the city centre...
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Would not be possible to berth at the basin on the right where they had the boat fest just before the first bridge, plenty room.
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At the Science centre where the Waverley docks?
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So far 8 definites and two more possibles plus another local guy I am waiting to hear from.
If everyone turns up its going to a good laugh cruising upriver in such a large group
Even if half turn up its still going to be a big group. I think the Braehead pontoon is going to be the only large enough one so will have to make a concerted effort tomorrow to get hold of the woman responsible and get something arranged. I think after looking at the Tall ships pontoon pictures that we would be rafted 8 or more out to fit and who would want to be one of the inner boats
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and who would want to be one of the inner boats
Where is Craig C when you need him I'm sure we can structure a raft that will work Bruce, dont worry about it, where ever we land, as ribs are the easiest of boats to do this, with a bit of common sense.. big question is, do we take lunch or not ?
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Hi

Just been out for a recky around to see where might be reaslistic, although I travel into town each day I couldn't actually remember what was exactly where as it changes on a regular basis!

In short my recommendation would be Braehead. We found a really helpful security guard at the bus terminal who took us down to the dock and gave us as much info as he could, he radio'd to get further info, but the guy (Big Dave) who could really help at the Maritime Museum won't be around until after 10:00 tomorrow. As Kim said it is pretty out of the way and wouldn't have the wandering neds that you might get elsewhere - there was a police rescue boat and a big yacht docked at it tonight. Would imagine that if anything was going to be a target, the police boat would be and therefore if it considers it ok for it I am sure it would be fine for us. The access to the pontoon is very high and visible. Braehead or Xscape have plenty eating places, however none of them actually have the pontoon visible (you would have to be standing on the roof of the Braehead Centre to see it).

The other options are:

- At the Casino: this appears to be shut due to the new bridge construction.

- At the other side of the bridge from this (upstream) - where the Passenger Ferry between here and Braehead (Pride of the Clyde) docked. would not recommend this as it is very hidden from the road and a real haven for any local neds to hang out - particularly if they have any "attraction".

- At the Renfrew Ferry - no space at this pontoon the Ferry takes up the whole length.

- At the Science Centre - a possible - not much in way of security.

- At the Crown Plaze Hotel (SECC) - a possible, a big luxury boat was there (and is seemingly there on a regular basis) however there was still room - questionable where there is other than the Hotel that we could go to and still be reasonably close by. Not much in the way of security.

- At the Tall Ship - again this would be a possible particularly if anyone has access - this is a RYA/Seaforce Centre so we must be able to use connections. Again the difficulty is what is around locally - if we can use the Tall Ship facilities that would be great, alternatively we could ask the Ashoka (Curry Karioke) if they would open for lunchtime if we knew rough numbers.

Hope this helps a bit.

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alternatively we could ask the Ashoka (Curry Karioke) if they would open for lunchtime if we knew rough numbers.
.. hold on now thats what I call a day out whos driving me home ?
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